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Jason Isbell rides Grammy success to Americana nominations

May. 15, 2018 4:05 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Jason Isbell leads the nominees for the Americana Music Association's Honors and Awards with nominations in four categories, thanks to his critically acclaimed album "The Nashville Sound," which earned him two Grammy Awards earlier this year. Also among the nominations announced...

Billy Ray Cyrus, among 6 to join Kentucky Music Hall of Fame

May. 10, 2018 2:39 AM EDT

MOUNT VERNON, Ky. (AP) — Billy Ray Cyrus, David "Stringbean" Akeman and four other artists are being inducted into the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame. The Lexington Herald-Leader reports the Hall will induct its latest class Friday night at the Renfro Valley Entertainment Center. The new class of Kentuckians...

Crow, Common part of new Grammys inclusion task force

May. 9, 2018 6:15 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Sheryl Crow and Common are among the artists and executives on the Recording Academy's new task force on inclusion and diversity. The academy announced the team's 16 members — 13 of whom are women — in a statement Wednesday. The Grammys announced the initiative after its CEO...

Glenn Frey's family keeps legacy alive with tour, box set

May. 9, 2018 1:07 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Glenn Frey, co-founder of the Eagles and one of pop's most successful songwriters, passed away two years ago but his family is keeping his legacy alive in a resilient way. Deacon Frey, his 24-year-old son, is on road with the Eagles in his father's shoes, and Taylor Frey, Glenn Frey's...

Katy Perry sends Taylor Swift an olive branch ahead of tour

May. 9, 2018 7:08 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Taylor Swift has received a peace offering from Katy Perry before launching her new tour. Swift shared a video on her Instagram Stories on Tuesday showing a package that Perry sent that included an olive branch. Inside was a letter in which Perry wrote that she was "deeply sorry" and wanted...

Pop singers compete for top prize at CMT Music Awards

May. 8, 2018 11:02 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Carrie Underwood, Florida Georgia Line and Jason Aldean are the leading nominees for the CMT Music Awards with four each, but it's the pop artists who might steal the big prize at this year's awards show. CMT announced Tuesday that for the first time, pop artists who have...

Dolly Parton pays surprise visit to Tennessee senior center

May. 7, 2018 7:37 PM EDT

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country music superstar Dolly Parton has paid a surprise visit to a senior center in Tennessee, where she sang, lifted weights and joked about her age. The Knoxville News Sentinel reports Parton came for a dedication ceremony Monday to give the facility a new name: the My People...

Town considers allowing parking on Taylor Swift's street

May. 7, 2018 2:47 PM EDT

WESTERLY, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island town where Taylor Swift owns an oceanfront mansion is considering allowing parking on her street. The town council in Westerly is scheduled on Monday night to discuss a proposal to allow parking on Bluff Avenue, where homes sell for millions of dollars. Tourists hoping...

Taylor Swift visits 8-year-old fan in Phoenix burn unit

May. 5, 2018 7:43 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Taylor Swift surprised an 8-year-old girl at the Phoenix hospital where she has been recovering from devastating burns. The Arizona Republic reports the pop star showed up unannounced Saturday at the Arizona Burn Center to see Isabella McCune. The girl's family made a video on Wednesday of...

The Latest: Derby favorite Justify wins Run for the Roses

May. 5, 2018 7:14 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Latest on Saturday's 144th running of the Kentucky Derby (all times local): 7:10 p.m. Justify splashed through the slop to win the Kentucky Derby by 2 1/2 lengths, becoming the first colt in 136 years to wear the roses after not racing as a 2-year-old. The colt that began his...